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NEWS | Flood devastation will cost insurers over a billion pounds

NEWS | Flood devastation will cost insurers over a billion pounds

20 January 2016

It has been estimated that the devastating winter floods over the last few months are expected to cost insurers around £1.3bn.

The storms battered large areas of the country, including Yorkshire, Cumbria and southern Scotland, leaving many people without power or homeless.

A recent article by the Guardian has claimed that households caught up in the floods could see their insurance premiums rise by up to 15%. Last week, Direct Line claimed that 90% of damage assessment visits have now been completed.

Worryingly, this figure only accounts for the properties that were insured; and as the total cost of recovery is expected to be £5bn, there are a lot of homeowners who will be struggling to finance the damage to their properties.

There have been record amounts of rain this winter and predictions of more severe flooding due to climate change. This accompanied with a chronic skills shortage in the water industry means that Britain will be unable to cope with more severe flooding incidents.

For real-time flood updates in your location, check the following links, for England click here and for Wales, click here.

Flood Defence Training

The growing threat from extreme and unpredictable weather is becoming increasingly clear. DTL can offer flood defence training in the following areas:

  • Surface Water Flooding Incidents: Communicating with Customers
    A one day course designed to provide skills in the effective communication with those affected by flooding incidents.
  • Surface Water Flooding Incidents: Awareness
    Another compact one-day course for the awareness of flood defence and incident management.
  • We also have two-day courses incorporating City & Guilds assessments, all have been designed to support effective working in flood defence and incidents at three levels: For operatives, for supervisors and for managers.

Find out more

DTL’s Flood Defence and Incidents Training Solutions are designed to help businesses and emergency services prepare for flooding in their area, and manage the associated risks. Click here for more information or call our friendly team on 0800 876 6708.